100 Leaked Body-Scan Images
Leaked Body-Scans Prove Images Are Stored
Gizmodo has leaked 100 body-scan images taken with the Gen 2 millimeter-wave scanner. Supposedly these images are not saved, but obviously they were saved, because we're looking at them right now. Also, this is not the first time that federal body-scanner operators have been caught with images that they should not have.
- John Tyner Refuses TSA Body Scanner, Patdown, Faces Fine
- Janet Napolitano,Body Scanners Safe- Critics:Big Sis Caught Lying
- Meg McLain Ft. Lauderdale Body Scanner Incident, Audio Interview
- Shahrukh Khan Naked Body Scan Scandal: BAA Says Not True
- List of US Airports with Full-Body Scanners
Gizmodo filed an FOIA request to force US marshalls to give up the images they had improperly stored. If you think that leaking 100 body-scan images is irresposible, consider that the Orlando courthouse saved more than 35,000 of these images.
So, when the TSA says something like:
Advanced imaging technology cannot store, print, transmit or save the image, and the image is automatically deleted from the system after it is cleared by the remotely located security officer. Officers evaluating images are not permitted to take cameras, cell phones or photo-enabled devices into the resolution room.
... we can reply, without hyperbole, that the TSA is not being honest with us. Whether the scanner in question is backscatter or millimeter-wave, the output of those scans are put into the hands of who are basically mall cops, and the proof is all too clear: stated policy and actual behavior are two very different things.
Are you supposed to feel better that the person saving a x-ray photo of you is not in the same room? How is that supposed to make a difference when the action is the same?
According to the TSA—and of course other agencies—images from the scanners are "automatically deleted from the system after it is cleared by the remotely located security officer." Whatever the stated policy, it's clear that it is trivial for operators to save images and remove them for distribution if they choose not to follow guidelines or that other employees could remove images that are inappropriately if accidentally stored.
We also have to call BS on "accidentally stored" if the ostensible default is non-storage.
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